Society tends to put athletes — especially the world’s best athletes — on an impossibly high pedestal. But as we learn from time to time, sports stars are generally pretty normal people; it’s just that they tend to be pretty great at a job that the public values. Still, that’s not to say that there’s nothing special about them. They did end up reaching the very top, after all. In this blog, we’re going to run through some of the key lessons that we mere mortals can learn from sports stars. You’ll find that these lessons can help you, even if your goal is something other than winning the Super Bowl.
The value of hard work
Seeing a player lift the Super Bowl is the equivalent of seeing the tip of the iceberg. Behind that is the rest of the iceberg, or, in sporting terms, all the hard work that came before the glory. In every player’s career, there will have been a period when they thought they wouldn’t make it. But what did they do? They continued to work hard, and, eventually, they got to the top. It doesn’t matter whether you want to win the World Series or own your own home, you can’t do it without the grind. This often requires you to carry on grinding even when you’re unsure whether the dream will come true. You can’t achieve greatness without taking a risk!
Money tends to roll in pretty suddenly when you make it to the big time in professional sports. And while that can sound like a good thing, for many, it presents a problem. Because the athlete has never been in this position before, they can sometimes end up footing the bill of a lifestyle they can’t afford on a long-term basis. Let’s remember that the average NFL career only lasts four years, and while the bills keep coming after you retire, the paychecks do not. Smart athletes hire professionals to help them manage their money early on in their careers. And that’s something that non-athletes should do, especially if they come into a lump sum of cash. Indeed, perhaps the smartest advice for jackpot winners is to solicit the help of a financial expert. They’ll know what to do so that your success helps your life, rather than hinders it.
Call in other experts
It’s not just money experts that athletes hire. They also work with professional experts within their field in order to maximise their performance. A person can have talent, but it’s unlikely that they can nurture that talent all on their own. The leading athletes have teams of experts working behind the scenes in order to ensure they have the diet, training, and mental preparation they need to perform at their highest level. The broader lesson for us everyday people is that we can’t achieve greatness on our own. We all need a helping hand from time to time.
Athletes that compete in team sports know the importance of valuing and supporting their teammates, too. If they don’t, then they usually don’t stay on the team too long. We all need to help each other if we’re going to reach our highest levels.
Celebrating the highs, learning from the lows
Finally, let’s think about winning and losing. From athletes, we can learn the value of celebrating the finer moments in life. We won’t win every time, so when the victories come along, it’s important to honour them. On a similar note, we shouldn’t put too much weight on defeats. The low moments will always reveal a lesson to us if we just choose to look for it.